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 Specialist domestic violence assistance

The Australian Government is providing ongoing funding, including $31.8 million over three years from 1 July 2019, to support specialist domestic violence units and health justice partnerships. These services are helping women affected by family and domestic violence who may otherwise be unable to access the support they need.

Specialist domestic violence units

Specialist domestic violence units provide legal assistance and other holistic support, tailored to each client's circumstances. The units assist clients to access services such as financial counselling, tenancy assistance, trauma counselling, emergency accommodation, and employment services.

The following organisations operate specialist domestic violence units:

Health justice partnerships

Through health justice partnerships, lawyers and health professionals are working together to assist women experiencing domestic violence. Lawyers are working at hospitals and health centres, to ensure women can access legal assistance in a safe location. Lawyers are also training health professionals to recognise when women have legal problems related to domestic violence, and help facilitate their access to specialist legal assistance safely.

The following organisations are delivering the health justice partnerships:

Evaluation of the program

The Australian Government commissioned Social Compass to evaluate the pilot program of specialist domestic violence units and health justice partnerships established under the Women’s Safety Package. The evaluation was completed in February 2019.

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